Pavel Nedved says Italian referees have been conditioned to unfairly penalise Juventus ever since the 2006 ‘Calciopoli’ scandal.
Juve were relegated to Serie B and stripped of two Serie A titles because of their involvement in the scandal, which centred on former managing director Luciano Moggi’s systematic attempts to influence the performance of match officials, as well as vetting their appointment for certain games.
Nedved, now a Juve director, believes the club is still paying the price for its involvement in ‘Calciopoli’ and is in agreement with coach Antonio Conte, who claimed earlier this month referees are reluctant to award his side penalties this season.
“We do not want favours but we expect fair treatment,” Nedved told Sky Sport Italia.
“It’s a fact that they are conditioned against us. After 2006 we have been given very few penalties in our favour.”
Turning his attention to Saturday’s eagerly-awaited clash between second-placed Juve and league leaders AC Milan, Nedved claimed he is disappointed Milan will be without key forward Zlatan Ibrahimovic through suspension.
“I’m sorry for his absence; he’s a loss to the game,” Nedved said.
“With him on the pitch, the people would certainly have enjoyed the match even more.”